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Of September 18-242022, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will host its second annual Telehealth Awareness Week emphasize the important role telehealth plays in providing access to safe, quality care for all who need it. Created to reinforce the central role that telehealth plays in our daily delivery of healthcare services to patients nationwide, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is a platform for members and partners of the ATA to raise awareness, educate and support telehealth – because telehealth is health.

Foley & Lardner LLP is proud to support this memorable week of special events, which will include a series of virtual sessions, unique content, white papers and presentations, to highlight the value of telehealth in a hybrid model of care. which includes in-person and virtual care. Foley Partner Nathaniel Lacktman, president of the company’s National Telemedicine and Digital Health Industry Team, was elected to the ATA Board of Directors earlier this year. We are committed to a future of care delivery that ensures all patients, everywhere have access to the quality care they deserve.

As the pandemic continues to affect the healthcare industry, healthcare technology companies must prepare for the inevitable care transition that will occur when the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and the Associated PHE waivers will expire in the first half of 2023. Continuity of care is imperative and companies will need to figure out how to avoid patient dropout when the waivers end. Stakeholders will need to be prepared for the removal of major flexibilities for the use of telehealth, including the waiver of home site requirements and other reimbursement barriers for the use of telehealth and the redetermination of eligibility for Medicaid.

The PHE has enabled millions of people to access healthcare services they would otherwise have had to forgo during the pandemic. Virtual care technologies have become much more widely available. For example, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services conducted a investigation that more than 28 million Medicare beneficiaries used telehealth in the first year of the pandemic, and that telehealth accounted for 12% of all services used by beneficiaries in the first year of the pandemic. With PHE expiring, telehealth services may come at a cost to people who may not be able to afford them.

Foley and the ATA, along with patients and providers, want to make telehealth a permanent option for delivering care. If you would like to be part of the #TelehealthIsHealth message, please see the Interactive sponsorship Opportunities. And dig in the ATA Resource Center for a collection of educational materials provided by organizations dedicated to supporting wider access to telehealth.

All of this week’s ATA events are free and open to the public, so be sure to take advantage and register for one of the many Telehealth Awareness Week Events.

For the latest news and updates on other events and conferences hosted by the ATA subscribe to the ATA mailing list. The ATA is the only organization entirely focused on advancing telehealth. It represents a broad, inclusive membership network of more than 400 organizations working to advance industry adoption of telehealth, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market standardization, and provide education and training. resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models.

We hope you will join us and the ATA in celebrating Telehealth Awareness Week.

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